Labor Day Is a Good Time to Remember the Hard Work of Nonprofits

Happy Labor Day.

The holiday day originated from the labor movement in the late 1800s designed to reduce workers’ hours. The holiday evolved into a tribute to workers and their contribution to our country’s strength.

Today, Labor Day is more or less a holiday that marks the end of summer and a weekend to find discounts at many stores. On this Labor Day, let me return the focus to our workers and specifically the fourth-largest employer in California, the nonprofit sector. There are more than 144,000 nonprofit organizations in California, contributing 15 percent of the gross national product.

The nonprofit workforce is made up of employees, volunteers and interns. Many of these workers are in direct contact with the lower-income and less fortunate members of our communities.

They provide basic needs like food and shelter as well as other services like health care and educational resources. The majority of nonprofit revenue comes from the general labor force and individual donors. I could not find any statistics on the percentage of Californians who donate to nonprofit organizations, but I believe if a survey were conducted, the number of individual donors would be a large percentage of the total number of people living in the state.

So on this Labor Day, I want to thank all the Californians who donated their time and/or money to enable nonprofit organizations to make an impact in the lives of the less fortunate. Your charity is appreciated very much. Thank you.

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Volunteers assisted veterans and their families at the recent Job, Career, and Information Fair at the Camarillo Community Center.

Gold Coast Veterans Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Ventura County.  We help veterans and their family members at the Veterans Connection in Camarillo.

One way we help veterans is connecting them to resources and their Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. Here is one resource that can be used to access your records: The website https://www.ebenefits.va.gov is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ online portal for veterans. It allows many veterans access to their military records electronically.  If you were discharged after the dates shown below you can request scanned copies of records such as your DD-214.

To access your records, you need to register for a premium ebenefits.gov account and have been discharged from the military after the following dates:

Air Force: Oct. 1, 2004.

Marine Corps: Jan. 1, 1999.

Navy: Jan. 1, 1995.

Army: Oct. 1, 2002.

Coast Guard: Not available at this time.

Once you are logged into your premium account, navigate to the section that has your electronic military files:

Select the manage link and scroll down to documents and records.

On the access documents and records page select military personnel records.

The milConnect website will open. Go to the correspondence/documentation pulldown menu and select defense personnel records information (DPRIS).

On the DPRIS page select the personnel file menu and select “request my personnel file.”

The request form will open. Add your email address for notification, select your branch of service and the records you want made available.  Push the “create and send request” button at the bottom of the form. OMPF will notify by the email address you provided when your records are electronically available.

To download your records, navigate to the same page and download your records.

If you need help creating a premium ebenefit account or you need help navigating the ebenefits website, call 805-482-6550 or visit the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation.

Happenings and Veteran Events

Sept. 8: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ride On Open House, 10860 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. The

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Department of Veterans Affairs is sponsoring an open house to highlight the equine services available at no cost to veterans. The open house is in Chatsworth but Ride On has a location in Newbury Park offering the same services. The group provides equine-assisted therapy, learning to ride and care for horses classes, physical and occupational therapies and paralympic competition for veterans at no cost. Contact Gloria at 805-375-9078 for more information or gloria@rideon.org.

Sept. 11: Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. The Nation remembers the 2,996 lives lost in terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept.11, 2001, in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. U.S. government buildings will fly the flag at half-staff and patriots throughout the country are asked to fly their flag at home.

Sept. 11: At 6:45 a.m., Ventura County Fire Department stations will hold a special remembrance for theNonprofits Labor Day 343 firefighters and others who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The remembrance ceremony will be held at every county station beginning at 6:45 a.m. when fire apparatus will roll out of the stations and be positioned on the station ramps.  The timing of the ceremony coincides with the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower, and the bells are traditionally used by the fire service to commemorate firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony will include colors at 6:55 a.m. and a moment of silence at 6:59 a.m. Contact the public information office at 805-389-9746 for more information. Other fire departments also will have ceremonies.

Sept. 21: National POW-MIA Day. There are 82,334 Americans unaccounted for from conflicts since World War II, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency database. On Sept. 21, the nation lowers the flag to half-staff and government buildings will fly the POW-MIA flag at half-staff to honor our prisoner-of-war and missing-in-action personnel.

Sept. 21: Noon, veterans recognition ceremony, veterans memorial at the Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura. The memorial is on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road. Park in the government center parking lot off of Telephone for easy access. Join the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation for a ceremony to recognize five local veterans for their community service. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Call JC Oberst at 805-482-6550 for more information.

Sept. 21: 7 p.m. POW-MIA Day ceremony, veterans memorial at the Ventura County Government Nonprofits Labor DayCenter, 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura. Park in the government center parking lot off Telephone Road for easy access. Join the Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County as they read the names of the 161 Californians still missing in action from Vietnam. Call Ron at 805-218-3489 for more information.

Sept. 28: At 6 p.m., a military appreciation dinner will be held at the Courtyard by Marriot, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 21st annual dinner to support military families and their sacrifices. The guest speaker will be Redmond Ramos, a Navy veteran, corpsman and wounded warrior. Dinner is $55 per person and $35 for enlisted military members. To register, go online to http://web.oxnardchamber.org/events/21st-Annual-Military-Appreciation-Dinner-1619/details or call 805-983-6118 for more information.

Oct. 22: Gold Coast Veterans Foundation’s 13th annual charity golf tournament, “Fairways & Freedom,” will be held at Spanish Hills Country Club. The foundation will hold the annual tournament to benefit the Veterans Connection program and its support of local veterans. The cost is $200 per golfer. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To register, visit http://www.gcvf.org/golf or call 805-482-6550 for more information.

If you would like to learn about veteran services or want to help our veterans in need contact JC Oberst at 805-482-6550 or jc.oberst@gcvf.org. For more information go to gcvf.org.

Source: VC Star article from September 2, 2018